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UN - Australia 'naive, extreme' in targeting gangs

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by pringa8, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Looks like the stupid bikie gang laws have come to the attention of the UN (including other ridiculous bandaid gang related laws). I'm sure it will be summarily ignored by respective state governments... The parts i've bolded are what I think go to the heart of this matter. The laws introduced remind me of the pre-50s laws banning aboriginals from congregrating and performing cultural practices in groups.

    Australia 'naive, extreme' in targeting gangs

    THE author of a United Nations report on criminal gangs in the Pacific Rim said Australian state legislation targeting organised crime was "extreme" and "naive" in its goal of curbing criminal gangs.
    The author, Andreas Schloenhardt, an associate professor in the law school at the University of Queensland, called for governments to recognise the failure of using such laws to win the war on organised crime.

    The report was co-sponsored by the Australian Federal Police and Australian Federal Government and warned of a wide range of criminal organisations with continuing operations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

    These include outlaw motorcycle gangs, Colombian drug cartels and Italian and Russian mafias that were also well established in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

    The report, Palermo on the Pacific Rim, details progress under the Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, known as the Palermo Convention, signed in the Italian city of the same name in 2000.

    It said Vietnamese organised crime continued to operate throughout South-East Asia, while West African criminal groups were increasing their presence in Indonesia.

    In Australia, the report warned of expanding Middle Eastern organised crime in Sydney's western suburbs but also in Queensland and Western Australia.

    These gangs had followed in the wake of the Italian mafia, Vietnamese organised crime, gangs from China and Japan and the Russian mafia.

    But Mr Schloenhardt was highly critical of the response by several governments - including South Australia, NSW, Queensland and Northern Territory - to the gangs and crime networks.

    He said Australian laws designed to label organisations was "extremist".

    "It's driven by the belief that by simply naming and shaming a few organisations could make the problem go away," Mr Schloenhardt said at the report's release.

    "It's naive about what the problem really is. It doesn't address the causes of organised crime and this is really creating a great danger of abuse, in that the wrong groups are outlawed."

    In 2006, NSW became the first state to introduce specific offences aimed at criminalising participation in a criminal organisation.

    South Australia enacted measures in 2008 against criminal associations, while NSW followed up with amendments in April 2009.

    The Northern Territory introduced a bill in June 2009.

    There were efforts underway at the federal level to harmonise criminal legislation.

    The main models were based on legislation in Canada and the United States where they specifically focused on the proceeds of crime.

    "This is the best angle to get some of these organisations - to take away their assets rather than criminalising these associations," he said.

    The Australian Crime Commission has estimated organised crime costs the economy at least $10 billion.

    The supply and distribution of illicit drugs and illegal manufacturing of amphetamines were the most significant illegal markets and organised crime activities in Australia, the report said.
  2. Is this really a surprise to anyone? Neither the state nor federal governments here have any interest in doing things right.
  3. I'm sure that the Australian government is going to take a LOT of notice when the UN, the world's most racist and discredited international organisation, has to say about anything we do.
  4. ding ding ding ding ding.

    Then again, we have a censorship-happy government with no qualms about crapping on personal freedoms, this should come as no surprise to people capable of rational thought.
  5. Racist?
  6. You have to laugh at the UN calling someone else ineffective :LOL:.
  7. That's like Stephen Conroy calling someone a fascist.